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Afterimage

(In the Company of Shadows #2)

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In the Company of Shadows is a series about two people who are thrown together as partners in a secret agency; their mission is to disband rebels who have propagated in a post-war future, but they have to deal with everything that comes with an unlikely partnership as well.

Miscommunication, periods of distance, fleeting smiles and learning to trust someone when a person
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~Mindy Lynn~
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
ME, AT THE BEGINNING:
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THEN THINGS WENT TO HELL WHEN SIN HAD HIS MELT DOWN:
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ME, WHEN BOYD IGNORED SIN WHEN HE WANTED TO OPEN UP ABOUT HIS ISSUES:
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ME, THROWING A TANTRUM WHEN ANN AND SIN DID WHAT THEY DID:
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ME, WHEN SIN TOLD BOYD ABOUT ANN:
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ME, WHEN BOYD DID WHAT HE DID WITH CAPTAIN AMERICA:
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KASSIAN:
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SIN AND BOYD BEING APART:
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THIS BASICALLY SUMS UP MY TOUGHTS ON THE AGENCY:
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I SCREAMED THIS A LOT MAKING MYSELF LOOK MORE NUTTIER THAN I AM:
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ME, AT MY LAPTOP CURSING THE IDIOTS IN THE BOOK. I'M HOT, RIGHT? LOL
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ME,
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Susan
Dec 30, 2012 rated it really liked it

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I AM DESTROYED .

Now…
I really love it when I learn something about myself from reading a book.

What I learned from Afterimage: (view spoiler) I am a soft-hearted, kind person who wants everyone to be happy. I love fairy tales and puppies and ice cream sundaes.

This? This is torturous angst that rips you apart and skewers you and eats you alive and then spits you out and stomps on you and flicks you off its shoe into a vat of burning lava only to
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Shelley
This book was horrible! An experience in emotional anguish that I think has left me with a bloody ulcer, a few gray hairs and a nervous tick.

Afterimage is Book 2 of In the Company Of Shadows, and it should come with warnings: Those with heart conditions, stomache conditions, and mental instability, stay far away. Those who find themselves emotionally invested after the 1500 pages of Book 1 ( I defy you not to be) wrap your heart in kevlar and line your stomach with copious amounts of Gaviscon,
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Deborah
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I’ve just done my first re-read of this and it was just as emotional and draining as it was the first time.
Despite it being a second read I was completely engrossed just like the first time.
I love Hsin completely and just wished Boyd was worthy of him and wasn’t such a selfish bastard.
This book is long, 1015 pages long and while it’s addictive and brilliant (fully deserving its 5* in my opinion) it also has some slow parts (nothing a bit of editing won’t fix) although it appeared to me that
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Ms. Smartarse
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ms. Smartarse by: Dia
Well... this was depressing. Though I didn't walk around crying my eyes out (I saved that for Fade), there was always a general feel of listlessness around me. I didn't really want to do anything else aside from reading THIS. PARTICULAR. BOOK. I tried to resist, believe me, but nothing held my attention: no manga, no fanfiction, no TV series, and not even life in general.

Staring at the wall all depressed

The fragile truce from the end of Evenfall, which allowed our protagonists a bit of respite, is swiftly coming to an end.
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Wendy
I know many are removing their ratings and reviews of all the books they have read, written by Santino Hassell, in light of his despicable behavior. I have deleted my ratings from all Santino books I have read, because I too am shocked and appalled!!! I won't do it with the ICOS series though. I am gonna be honest here and say, that this series is one of the best I have ever read, and I am sure Ais played a big part in my enjoyment. As far as I know, Ais had nothing to do with all that has ...more
Cristopher
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: five-star-books
5 STARS!

Citizens of Goodreads, I am soo damn raw, exhausted, shattered and numb.. And I cant explain the ways my chest is tight and burning. I need a damn hug.

Thank you for tolerating my rants and ramblings full of foul hateful words. I apologize for my behavior. I promise to be better, but I'm notorious at breaking promises. So whatever.

Sigh.

This is ANGST on steroids. And its done in a way that I had to put it down every now and again to get myself a hot chocolate just to calm myself. Because I
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Tara♥ {MindforBooks}
"Love and trust and believing in other people – what was the point when humans were all flawed and fucked up anyway, when they only hurt each other continuously because they were too stupid to do anything else?"

I am sad. So sad.


I finished Afterimage last night and went straight into The Interludes. Last night I was feeling much better about everything that happened in this book. Throughout Afterimage I told myself that everything that was happening was happening for a reason. That both Boyd and
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Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
*Might contain spoilers*

I was so fucking disappointed. I had hope that Hsin ‘Sin’ Liu Vega (27) and Boyd Beaulieu (21, becomes 22) would become closer, that more depth would enter their relationship; however they were barely together. It was stupid, full of miscommunication, selfishness and boring. The feelings on had started to feel for those two, disappeared, specially for their relationship. That back and forth, going back to square one; even way before that.
“He'd lost the only part of
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Dia
THE BIGGEST 5 STARS I EVER GAVE TO A BOOK

This story WAS AMAZING!!!


I enjoyed it way more than Evenfall. I loved the first one, but the second ... just blew my mind and consumed me SO MUCH!

SIN - he made me love him so much!! His olive skin, deep green eyes and his killer mouth! He was just so vulnerable and his biggest flaw: he loved too much, too deep!


Boyd - well I am very angry with him right now, so all I'm going to say is: I really hope he will do something BIG to make me forgive
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Virginia Cavanillas
Rating removed because of this:

http://riptidepublishing.com/a-statem...

Ais, you are an awesome writer

Original review:

Hard and raw third installment of "In the Company of shadows" (book 2 if you've read the unedited version) where our heroes are not together, things are tough for both of our guys, and sadness, betrayal and surprises share prominence in an extraordinary plot.

Everything is broken...



One star has fallen, I'm aware of it, believe me, but all the 4 remaining stars are because the book
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Steph
I didn't think it was possible for Sonny and Ais to write a book as amazing as Evenfall, but they did it. Afterimage is absolutely incredible, I have no idea how to tell you just how much I loved it, but I'll give it a good go...

I was warned by many ICoS fans that this book would crush my heart, and my soul. But I was very happy to discover that I could totally handle it. Okay I will admit that I did cry, hideously so at times, but I handled all the other stuff just fine. LOL

I am going to try
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Rachel
Apr 18, 2013 rated it liked it
**SPOILERISH**

Hsin and Boyd’s Evenfall HEA is short lived with this sequel. However, this only improves the characters, the story and even the writing! Don’t assume too much - Boyd’s rambling soliloquies are still present, but maybe not as abundant or pointless. Still had to skim at some parts - only to go back and reread them to wring as much enjoyment out of this series as possible - because, GEEZ, this thing is epically long. But I have to admit, as in need of an editor as this series is, I
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Eva
The book is BRILLIANT!

I felt so much

Loneliness…




Misunderstandings…




Stupidity and Madness...


Pain...


Heartbreak...


Love...


Passion...


And just... fireworks

I LOVED IT... to the next one…


Lenore
I'm gonna fight them all
A seven nation army couldn't hold me back
They're gonna rip it off
Taking their time right behind my back

And I'm talking to myself at night
Because I can't forget
Back and forth through my mind
Behind a cigarette
And the message coming from my eyes
Says leave it alone


Don't want to hear about it
Every single one's got a story to tell
Everyone knows about it
From the Queen of England to the hounds of hell

And if I catch it coming back my way
I'm gonna serve it to you
And that aint what
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Susan
Jan 17, 2014 added it
Shelves: smoking-hot, mm
I'm removing my rating, but not my review. I still love this series, even though I most definitely do not condone what SH has done.

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Another excellent book in the ICoS series. Words can never express my feelings for these books. I have been totally consumed by them. I could not stop thinking about Sin and Boyd. These books suck you in..

This one was all about the feels…

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This book had me crying and hurting along with Sin and Boyd, but also laughing. I fell
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nicklein
May 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
“I only cared about my life after he was in it. Why should I care now that he's not anymore?”

That quote DESTROYED me I'm not even kidding.


Though this book didn't quite blow my mind the way Evenfall did, it was still riveting and glorious. The plot was more intense this time. It has plenty of intrigue that kept me on the edge of my seat.

I want to hug both Sin and Boyd but at the same time I want to punch them and knock some sense into them. Argh. They frustrate the hell out of me. They were
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Alkyoni
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Alkyoni by: Lenore

So…Afterimage. Angst raised to the Superpower.

Everybody kept saying how hard it was for them to read this book after they came to love the guys being together in Evenfall. I can’t say that I enjoyed reading about how it all went to hell page by angsty page, but I for one wouldn’t have it any other way. All these problems that they have as individual beings, it would be highly unrealistic if they easily overcame them.

Look at Sin. The guy’s mental problems are so off the charts that he is walking
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Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
i didn't particularly like this anyways so cry 2 tears in a bucket, fuck it.

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Laura
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it

**Beware of Spoilers**

It will never cease to amaze and disappoint me what people do to each other in this world. How we affect each other’s lives with pain and hurt; love and passion; words and touch. People leave a mark whether they realize it or not. We are all so afraid of showing our true selves. So afraid someone will use it, turn and twist it all against us and HURT. For me, this story is about how we see ourselves, how people see us, and how it all gets so tangled up when we try to
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Em
How do I even start to write a review. This book was extremely hard going right through to the end. I shouted, cried, gasped and was completely gobsmacked on more than a few occasions....but god was it worth it. I've fallen in love with this series and nothing could keep me from carrying on through to the bitter end. *crazy laugh*

Boyd and Hsin spend most of this book either apart from each other or arguing and it was tough to read at times. Hsin is simply broken and out on his own for the
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Ariana
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Cristina
WARNING

With ICoS things are more complicated due to Ais' great work that should be acknowledged and preserved, so I've decided to scratch out all mentions of SH from them and to leave them standing, at least for the time being.

ORIGINAL REVIEW

The second instalment of Santino Hassell and Ais' In the Company of Shadows was a mindblowing, deeply brutal and ultimately hopeful experience (hopeful in the last two pages, though, so brace yourselves for quite a lot of serious angst!).

In its
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Mel
Afterimage is the second book in the In the Company of Shadows series. In Evenfall we met Sin and Boyd and watched them defy prejudice, insecurity and loneliness to get together. In Afterimages, we are forced to watch them lose everything again.

Quite honestly: this shift of events was a shock for me in the beginning. And not necessarily because the story didn’t unfold the way I thought it would, but also because I couldn’t quite follow the -what I perceived as- sudden change in their thoughts
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LenaLena
May 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to LenaLena by: Kate Mc.
Trainwreck.

In slow motion.

Not the book, the book is good. The relationship between Boyd and Sin. It's like watching Amy Winehouse or Charlie Sheen slowly self destruct, except you actually care. In this book, when I am going car shopping with Boyd and Kassian, instead of getting annoyed that I'm wasting time watching the MC doing something completely irrelevant, I am actually glad I am getting a breather from all the emo stuff. Let's go look at some more BMWs before we get back to the
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Christina
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Taylor
Ah, Afterimage. It reminds you of that feeling you had as a teenager, when life seemed meaningless and you thought everything would be better if you would just die already (or was that just me?). Uh, yeah...I guess what I'm saying is this book is pure torture.

We follow Sin as he's dealing with new symptoms of his psychological condition, and Boyd as he goes through a grueling three month training program in an attempt at independence. In the meantime, they are forced to take a closer look at
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Isabel
Dec 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Never a book had disturbed me more than Afterimage! I've felt destroyed, shattered and completely lost... I read this book always with the hope to find some light on all that darkness... a light that didn't want to appear...

The book is brilliant... the emotions that came with this reading proves the brilliance of these authors's minds... but for someone like me, who wants desperately Hsin and Boyd to be happy, this is a very disturbing and difficult book!!! I'm glad that I've read it, because I
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Simone
Rating removed!

Afterimage nearly killed me!

I still feel like I'm high on an emotional overload, so don't expect this review to make any sense or to do justice to this absolutely brilliant book. I would even fail to write a proper review, because everything I would say right now (such as it almost tore me apart, even if it's true), might sound overly dramatic and I won't go into too much details, anyway, since I don't want to give away too much.



So, let's just say that there were situations that
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In the Company of Shadows (4 books)
  • Evenfall (In the Company of Shadows, #1)
  • The Interludes (In the Company of Shadows, #3)
  • Fade (In the Company of Shadows, #4)
“He loved him enough to want to die for hurting him, loved him enough to kill himself slowly for fear of losing him, loved him enough to suffer silently if he thought it was in Boyd's interest. Sin loved Boyd enough to make difficult decisions easily, as if there were no contest; he went toward Boyd as if he hadn't even considered any other choices.” 43 likes
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